Jeri Mills' interest in family history was sparked by her grandmother's "funny-looking finger."
"One of my grandmother's middle fingers would never bend," Mills said, "and I was curious to learn why it wouldn't."
Mills questions about her grandmother's finger went unanswered for many years, she said.
"She was reluctant to talk about it, but when I got older I asked her again," Mills said.
That was when Mills learned that when her grandmother was a child, she was involved in a train wreck while fleeing the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1800s. [Link]